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arcosolium

[ahr-kuh-soh-lee-uh m] /ˌɑr kəˈsoʊ li əm/
noun, plural arcosolia
[ahr-kuh-soh-lee-uh] /ˌɑr kəˈsoʊ li ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in Roman catacombs) an arched recess for a sarcophagus.
Origin of arcosolium
1875-1880
1875-80; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin arc(us) arc + -o- -o- + solium sarcophagus
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  • The priest was at the evening office, the stone lid of a martyr's tomb placed under an arched vault (arcosolium) serving as altar.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • First, the arcosolium is not exclusively Christian in character.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
  • However, all tombs of this period fall into two groups, kk tombs and arcosolium tombs.

  • In arcosolium tombs the receptacles are benches cut in the wall, like the berths in a steamer's cabin.

  • Other forms of very frequent recurrence are the table tomb and arched tomb, or arcosolium.

  • Each side of the cubiculum, except that of the entrance, usually contains a recessed tomb, either a table-tomb or an arcosolium.

  • The front of the arcosolium is closed by a wall, on the surface of which is an interesting fresco, which is here reproduced.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • A peculiar form of grave common in these chambers, as well as in the galleries, is that known as the arcosolium, or arched tomb.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
  • The arcosolium to which this is attached contains the remarkable paintings represented in the accompanying engraving.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow

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